Netanyahu Suspected of Bribery and Fraud Is Top News in Israel - but Not for One Paper

The pro-Netanyahu daily Israel Hayom, which is backed by Jewish American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, chose to run an item on Teva's economic woes as its leading story

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Haaretz's front page on Friday: Police: PM suspected of bribery and fraud, August 4, 2017.
Haaretz's front page on Friday: Police: PM suspected of bribery and fraud, August 4, 2017.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's lack of presence in Israel Hayom's leading story stood out like a sore thumb on Friday morning.

Israel's most pressing issue, according to the paper, is not the fact that police have now confirmed that Netanyahu is under suspicion for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two cases, but is instead the economic woes of a large Israeli pharmaceutical company, Teva.

The paper published a small bulletin about the developments in the cases against Netanyahu at the bottom of the front page, with the full-length feature only appearing on page seven.

The remaining main Hebrew-language dailies, Yedioth Ahronoth, Maariv's weekend paper, and of course, Haaretz, all agreed that the news on Netanyahu was clearly the country's most important issue.

Maariv's front page on Friday: 'The Police: Netanyahu suspected of bribery,' August 4, 2017.
Yedioth Ahronoth's front page on Friday: 'Bribery, fraud and breach of trust,' August 4, 2017.Credit: Yedioth Ahronoth / Screenshot
Israel Hayom's lead story on Friday: The economic woes of Israeli pharmaceutical company, Teva, August 4, 2017.Credit: Israel Hayom / Screenshot

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